After just six years in her chosen profession, 24-year-old British actress Emily Blunt, who’s receiving WIF’s MaxMara Face of the Future Award, is already an old hand at being the next new thing.
Her auspicious leaps up the ladder of recognition date back to her 2001 London debut opposite Judi Dench in the George S. Kaufman/Edna Ferber chestnut “The Royal Family,” only her second play. For her first feature lead in the 2004 British film “My Summer of Love,” she shared the London Evening Standard Award for most promising newcomer with co-star Nathalie Press. And last year, her role in the BBC TV movie “Gideon’s Daughter” earned her a Golden Globe.
But it was her Stateside debut in “The Devil Wears Prada” where this ingenue and seasoned femme fatale revealed a little-suspected flair for comedy. She’ll soon be seen in another ensemble comedy, “The Jane Austen Book Club,” as well as in “The Great Buck Howard” with John Malkovich and Tom and Colin Hanks; “Sunshine Cleaning,” as Alan Arkin’s daughter; and in high-profile cameos in “Dan in Real Life” (in a dance-off against Steve Carell) and “Charlie Wilson’s War” (with Tom Hanks again, in his first official sex scene — “Bachelor Party” notwithstanding).
“This MaxMara Award is exciting, because it just means I’m on the right track,” says Blunt. “It’s best to award me now, before it all goes pear-shaped.”